Featured Story – Honduras – Root Causes of Migration

Featured Story – Honduras – Root Causes of Migration

Featured Story – Honduras – Root Causes of Migration

In 2017 and 2018, many thousands of people from Central America joined “migrant caravans” and headed en-masse towards the southern border of the US.  The sheer number of people was alarming to many and caught the attention of the world.  Most caravans originated in Honduras, and a large percentage of those traveling north were Hondurans, although many joined from El Salvador and Guatemala also.

In early 2019, a delegation of 75 interfaith leaders and social justice advocates traveled to Honduras with the specific purpose of better understanding the root causes of this mass migration.  The planning was coordinated between groups in the US and HN with long standing ties and over 50 years of work to improve the human rights of poor communities throughout HN.          

Featured Story – Stop Line 3 – From San Francisco to Minnesota

Featured Story – Stop Line 3 – From San Francisco to Minnesota

Featured Story – Stop Line 3 – From San Francisco to Minnesota

Stop Line 3 – From the San Francisco Bay Area

– Indigenous and youth led rallies, marches, banner drops, projections and large scale guerrilla street paintings brought big crowds together in the San Francisco Bay Area, to stop the LINE 3 tar sands pipeline. These Bay Area actions stood in solidarity with the native led resistance to Line 3 in Minnesota.  They also challenged local banks, investment groups and pension funds to defund Line 3 and divest from fossil fuels.

#defundLine3  #HonorTheTreaties  #ProtectTheSacred  #WaterIsLife

Stop Line 3 – From Minnesota

Stop Line 3 – From Minnesota

– Indigenous women have been leading the battle to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline for many years.  In the spring of 2021, the Canadian company Enbridge began drilling under numerous waterways when final approvals were received.  As battles continued in the courts, “Water Protectors” locked down to drilling equipment, blockaded access to worksites and sent out a call for people across the country to come to Minnesota to stand with them.

In May, the Bay Area based group 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations, and their sister group of Lakota Grandmothers from South Dakota, answered the call and met up in Minnesota to stand with the Anishinaabe women putting so much on the line.

By August, none of the appeals to Governor Walz and President Biden had been acted upon and completion of the pipeline was imminent.  On August 7th, the Treaty People Walk for Water began at the headlands of the Mississippi with the message to both Walz and Biden to use their authority to halt the pipeline before the tar sand oil flowed.  18 days and 256 miles later, the walkers were joined by thousands for the final miles to the Minnesota State Capital, where numerous teepees had been set up on the capital lawn and tribes were gathered in ceremony.

(Photos of the walk shown here are from the final 5 days of the walk.)    

#DefundLine3  #HonorTheTreaties  #ProtectTheSacred  #WaterIsLife

Grandmothers Stand with Water Protectors and Future Generations

Minnesota Governors’ Mansion – May 26, 2021

In May 2021, members of the San Francisco Bay Area group 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations* and their sister group of Lakota grandmothers from South Dakota traveled to Northern Minnesota to stand together with the “Water Protectors” in the Indigenous women led struggle to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline**.  At stake in the struggle are treaty rights, the protection of land, water and wild rice beds, and a habitable climate for future generations.  This video captures a rally in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion where 1000 Grandmothers, Lakota grandmothers, grandmothers from the Twin Cities and Anishinaabe grandmothers joined together to call on the governor to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline and honor his own words:  “Any line that goes through treaty lands is a nonstarter for me”. 

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* 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations – “We are elder women and allies stepping up to the urgency of the climate crisis. We act in support of the rights of Native Americans and other frontline communities. We believe that we cannot address the climate crisis without addressing systemic racism. That is what climate justice means to us.”

** Line 3 tar sands pipeline – The Line 3 pipeline originates in Alberta, Canada and spans Minnesota, ending in Superior, Wisconsin.  It is intended to carry an average of 760,000 barrels per day of one of the dirtiest fuels on earth, tar sands crude.  While this has been presented as a project to replace existing problematic pipes, the new pipes are larger and much of the route is new, crossing pristine watersheds.  This will lock in decades of increased tar sands production in a time of climate crisis, when the world needs to transition quickly off fossil fuels.

Featured Story – From The Border to Close the Camps

Featured Story – From The Border to Close the Camps

Featured Story – From The Border to Close the Camps

2017 & 2018 – Rallies brought communities together, along with hundreds of activists, a brass band and assorted musicians, on both sides of the border wall in Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora.  These “Border Encuentros”, along with night rallies in the desert outside Eloy Detention Center, an ICE facility north of Tucson, were organized by School of the Americas Watch (SOAW).

In 2019, numerous volunteers with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, faced trial at the US District Court in Tucson, AZ.  The charges against the volunteers ranged from federal misdemeanors for leaving aid (water, food and socks) for undocumented immigrants on a National Wildlife Refuge, to harboring undocumented immigrants, which is a felony.  In the first trial, 4 women were found guilty of entering the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge without a permit and abandoning property (water and food).  This verdict was overturned a year later by a federal judge.  Another 4 volunteers were also criminally charged, but prosecutors dropped the charges and they were instead fined $250.  The third trial was against No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren, who was acquitted of harboring undocumented immigrants.

In 2019, as the administration of 45 doubled down on its policy of family separation at the US southern border, Close the Camps rallies erupted across the country.  In San Francisco, numerous rallies attracted big and sometimes spontaneous crowds and closed down major streets. 

In August, rallies were held from noon to 1pm every single day in front of ICE’s SF field office.  Each rally was organized by a different community or group (librarians, adoptees, health workers, queers, lawyers, jewish communities etc) representing a powerful and unique view of the cruelty happening along the US border.  

Check out the video below-   Month of Momentum:  30 Days of Action to Close the Camps

Month of Momentum:  30 Days of Action to Close the Camps  (VIDEO)